Seattle game designer James Ernest, of tabletop game company Cheapass Games (cheapass.com), made a splash this spring with a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for his totally new card game called Pairs. Portable and easy to play (for two–eight players), the Pairs deck has 55 cards (one 1, two 2s and so on up to ten 10s). A dealer deals cards face up in rounds, as players attempt to avoid being dealt a matching pair and scoring points.
Seattle is known for its rabidly loyal fans—we love our Seahawks, Sounders, Storm and even the troubled Mariners—but there’s one local team that has yet to gain a vocal following: the Seahammers. The lack of team scarves, 12th men and bobbleheads is likely due to the fact that the Seahammers are hard to see. Seattle’s underwater hockey team, founded in 1988 by Western Washington University grad Patrick Carboneau, plays at the bottom of a swimming pool, the athletes only surfacing briefly to grab a breath.
More than 900 people attended the JDRF Seattle Guild’s 25th anniversary Dream Gala on Saturday, March 8, when upwards of $5 million was raised to better treat, prevent and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes. Attendees bid on an extraordinary lineup of auction items, including winemaker dinners and exotic trips while a performance by Brandi Carlile with musicians from the Seattle Symphony capped off the lively evening.
From Fourth of July fireworks shows to outdoor concerts and movies, your summer calendar is swelling with social engagements. Herewith, your go-to guide for what to do during the warm-weather months.
When the sun comes out in Seattle, so does the music. Heating up in June and powering through September are a number of outdoor music experiences that will knock your shades off.
Capitol Hill Block Party
Brangien Davis; with research by Meghan Gelbach // Portrait by Hayley Young
Are you ready for a reishi-tini? The healthy mocktail—made from reishi mushroom and lemon balm extracts, lemon juice and limeade with a lime twist—is one of several made to order at the new offshoot of Tierney Salter’s popular natural health store, The Herbalist.
Must SeePacific Northwest Ballet Closes the Season with Giselle(5/30 to 6/8, times vary) — Giselle—everyone’s favorite jilted-bride ghost—returns to Pacific Northwest Ballet, this time with all new sets and costumes created by acclaimed French designer Jerome Kaplan. Principal dancer Kaori Nakamura takes lead in this season ender, which also happens to be her last run before retirement.
Crosscut.com is launching its first-ever Community Idea Lab, a project that focuses on a new way of doing journalism through community problem solving. The first thing it's tackling? The San Francisco tech boom and the polarization it has created between the tech and social services communities.
One of the many cool things about the Seattle Symphony’s groundbreaking Sonic Evolution program, according to maestro Ludovic Morlot, is that it brings people to Benaroya Hall who’ve never been there before. People such as, say, Sir Mix-A-Lot, who, before the photo shoot for this magazine, had never set foot inside the phenomenal concert hall (he was visibly wowed by the acoustics), but who will take the stage there this month—with the symphony playing backup on a new orchestration of his songs “Posse on Broadway” and “Baby Got Back.”
You know it. You do it. It’s safe, predictable, even comforting, like that pair of broken-in jeans that give in all the right places (thank goodness). A routine is one of the most powerfully subconscious habits that dominate our lives. Which is why it’s so thrilling to veer off the path and break the pattern with a vacation. But even if you’ve banked weeks of paid leave at a job, it is hard to get away more than once or twice a year.
Drew Atkins, a Seattle magazine collaboration with Crosscut.com
Strolling around Blanchard and Seventh in Seattle’s Denny Triangle, I’m taking in the last days of a forgettable block. It’s an easy spot to ignore as one passes by. Nondescript mid-rises commiserate with a Budget Rent A Car, a strip club and a fenced-off dirt lot. Having passed through the area for years, it’s hard for me to believe that by 2016, this block will resemble the set of a sci-fi movie and serve as an epicenter of global retail. But the wheels are already turning, and change is on its way.
This month's issue (on newsstands now!) is devoted to some of our city's best-kept secrets: bars, restaurants, gardens and beyond. Now it's your turn to let us in on any hidden Seattle gems that we editors might not be privy to. Send us your favorite secret haunts via our social media pages (Twitter; Facebook) using the hashtag #seattlesecrets.
Must MarvelThe Olympic Sculpture Park Gets a HeadStep aside, Ferris wheel. “Echo,” the new, 46-foot-tall white head—just installed at the shoreline of the Olympic Sculpture Park—faces the Olympic Mountains and serves as a serene beacon for everyone from Puget Sound sailors to Myrtle Edwards joggers.
The Northwest climate is heaven for ferns, where their fronded glory unfurls in countless dappled rockeries and shady groves. And as the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. In 1989, a group of fervent fern fans in Seattle formed the Hardy Fern Foundation, committed to celebrating and propagating the plant via display gardens, including the primary study garden at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (rhodygarden.org) in Federal Way. That’s where you’ll also find the Fern Foundation’s pride and joy, the Stumpery.